Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Audio Book Review: Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

Title: Cloche and Dagger
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Book 1 Hat Shop Mystery
Narrated by: Karyn O'Bryant
Length: 8 hours and 7 mins
Rating: Five Stars
Publisher: Tantor Media/Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Hoopla Digital
Format: Audio Book
Reviewed by: Tina

Scarlett Parker's life is in turmoil so she decides to escape to Notting Hill in England to a millinary shop, Mim's Whims named for her grandmother, that has since passed away that she shares ownership with her cousin, Vivian. Scarlett is welcomed to the shop and to England surprisingly not by Viv but by Viv's business manager, Harrison (aka Harry) Wentworth.

Viv seems to have vanished it seems out of thin air and no one else seems to be as concerned about it as Scarlett, with everyone saying this is typical behavior of Viv. Scarlett is then left to handle the shop and await Viv's return....if she ever returns that is.

She is bewildered as she is left to run the shop but she has the helping hand of a apprentice, Fee. Lady Ellis then ventures into Mim's Whim's to pick up a hat that Viv has made for her and Scarlet has a hard time finding it and then gives her what she thinks may be the right match so to make up for it she offers Lady Ellis a photo shoot to have her picture taken with the hat for the Mim's Whims Website.

Scarlet befriends Nick and Andre, a couple and Andre happens to be a photographer, she asks him to photograph Lady Ellis and he agrees. Together the go to the Lady's manor to photograph her when Scarlet find her stabbed to death only wearing the hat that Scarlett sold her that fateful day.

Suspicions of Viv start to surface because of Lord Ellis's passionate love for Viv that has lasted for years. Scarlet steps up to protect her missing cousin claiming there's no possible way she could have been involved, the shop is ransacked and an assailant attempting to suffocate Scarlet. Scarlet then with Harrison and her new friends Andre and Nick's help need to find a killer before Scarlet is next and the tea and crumpets go cold.

This was my first time listening and completing an audio book. The narrator's attempts at the British accents left me feeling truly entertained . Rich with romantic tension. I knew I wanted to start reading this series when I discovered it was set in England. The author, Jenn's McKinlay's  words transported me there as I am a fan of England but I have never been there. I am also a fan of her other series and I knew this series would be great too. Scarlet is a likely heroine, very spunky and there were true heartfelt moments for Scarlet that I felt were heart warming. I drank tea most of the time while listening immersing myself in this first in a what is sure to be a ace of a series.


  1. This book sounds like a great read. Thank you for the review.

  2. What a lovely review, Tina! Thank you so much. I thought Karyn O'Bryant did an excellent job managing the accents!



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